Les lacs de la Forêt d'Orient

With its huge Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park, the Aube is a green and blue oasis to live in. Water is everywhere. Indeed, three large artificial lakes have been developed in this land of streams and ponds: the Lac d’Orient, the Lac du Temple and the Lac Amance.

Welcome to the land of the great lakes which combines leisure, nature and heritage!

The 3 lakes of the Forêt d’Orient

Lac d’Orient

The lac d’Orient (2500 hectares) is the largest body of water in the department. Its beaches are a delight for visitors who come here to enjoy the refreshing water and activities for the whole family. From March to November, the lac d’Orient becomes a paradise for sailing enthusiasts (sailing dinghies, small drifters, windsurfing…). It is also the main ornithological reserve with areas set aside for observation. The lake is also well-known for its underwater forest, which can be viewed from May to August by kayak on guided tours or independently.


Lac Amance

The lac Amance has a very good infrastructure to welcome visitors. In addition to swimming, the Port Dienville leisure centre soon became a hub for jet-skiers, water-skiers and other amateurs of motorboats and speed! You can rent motorboats, obtain a sailing licence, practice jet-skiing and water-skiing. Enjoy the thrills of the wind!

Water skiing in Dienville

The Temple Lake

A paradise for small sailboats, fishermen and nature lovers… The Lac du Temple covers 2000 hectares of calm water, surrounded by unspoilt nature. It owes its name to a legend which tells that the Templars buried their treasure there. It is the kingdom of fishing and small sailboats that cohabit seamlessly with the many species of birds that nest in the vicinity. Here silence reigns, only disturbed by the splash of oars or the cry of a coot. Night carp fishing is becoming increasingly popular, attracting more and more enthusiasts each year. Today, the Lac du Temple is classified as a “National Nature Reserve”, offering offers space and tranquillity.

Pointe de Charlieu - Lac du Temple (RNN de la Forêt d'Orient) - Pascal Bourguignon

Swimming spots around the lakes and in the Aube

The areas around the lac d’Orient and Lac Amance have installations suitable for swimming, relaxing and water sports. The Agence Régional de la Santé (Regional Health Agency) carries out the health and hygiene checks of bathing water, an ongoing concern for the Ministry of health, which establishes regulations in this area based on European directives.


Tailor-made activities

So that everyone can practice their favourite activity in complete safety, each of the lakes has been assigned a specific purpose, with specific facilities.

– On the shores of the Lac d’Orient and Lac Amance, several fine sandy beaches are waiting for you and your family. – The banks of the Lac du Temple, wilder, are the quiet kingdom of silent fishermen like their carps. Calling all amateurs! – On the Lac d’Orient, a wide range of water sports activities await freshwater sailors: catamarans, dinghies, windsurfers, canoes and pedalos sail in harmony. – Jet-skiing, water-skiing and motorboating have their own space to operate in complete safety: Lac Amance.

Tourist map of the Great Lakes of the Forêt d’Orient

Grands Lacs de la Forêt d'Orient

Croque ton Parc


The Forêt d’ Orient Regional Nature Park promotes the producers of its territory under the brand name “Croque ton Parc”. They will open their doors for you to discover the products of their farms and share their know-how.


Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park

Discover the territory of the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park and the lakes, for your holidays or a weekend, with human scale accomodation. Around these 3 lakes (Orient, Temple and Amance), near the Lac du Der, make the most of the facilities for swimming and water sports (kayaking, sailing, kite-surfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, fishing, etc.). Moor your boat at the Mesnil-Saint-Père or Dienville marinas. The Park team offers year-round activities in an exceptional natural setting (lakes, deep forests, ponds). Follow the nature guide on foot, horseback, bicycle or kayak to discover the wealth of the territory. The area is a great place for birdwatching, with over 265 species of birds, including migrating cranes and black storks.

Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park
Maison du Parc – 10220 Piney – France Tél +33 (0)325 433 888 – Fax +33 (0)325 415 409


Grands Lacs de Champagne Tourist Office

Brienne-le-Château is located in the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park, at the heart of the Great Lakes of Champagne. This town of about 3000 inhabitants is remarkable for its magnificent château overlooking the region and for its rich history. The town, influential in the French Kingdom since the 10thcentury, was rendered illustrious as far away as the East by Jean de Brienne, King of Jerusalem and Emperor of Constantinople at the beginning of the 12thcentury, and by the visit of the famous of emperors: Napoleon I, to whom a museum is dedicated. Follow the route of the timber-framed churches to discover buildings with unique architecture in small rural villages. Let yourself be seduced by the village of Soulaines-Dhuys, known as the Green Venice, and meet the Royer family who will share their passion for clay in their traditional tile factory.

Grands Lacs de Champagne Tourist Office
34, rue de l’Ecole Militaire – 10500 Brienne-le-Château Tél +33 (0)3 25 92 82 41


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